Loek EssersAmsterdam Correspondent, PCWorld

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open source, and online payment issues for the IDG News Service.

European Union slams Google with search antitrust charges, launches Android investigation

The bundling of apps with Android is one of the practices that the European Commission is examining in its new investigation

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Safari users in the UK can sue Google over alleged privacy violations

The ruling from an appeals court could lead to claims from millions of British users

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Apple sued for poaching car battery engineers

The suit adds fuel to rumors Apple is developing an electric vehicle

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Apple and Ericsson sue each other in LTE patent royalty spat

Apple products infringe on Ericsson patents now the license agreement has expired, Ericsson said.

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OS X Spotlight Search glitch can expose private details of Apple Mail users

Performing a Spotlight search opens email previews that load external images, even when the Mail client is asked not to do this

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Apple's new deregister tool prevents iMessages from being lost in limbo

Apple has set up a simple Web tool to allow former iPhone users to dissociate their phone number from iMessages.

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Apple denied retrial in Samsung patent case

The court also denied most of Apple's other motions

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European Commission slams Apple for in-app purchase policies

Apple maintained that its parental controls 'go far beyond the features of others in the industry.'

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EU starts in-depth probe into Apple's tax affairs

Apple said it pays every euro of every tax it owes

Apple devices reportedly held hostage via Find My iPhone

Hackers are demanding ransoms to unlock devices that were locked with the Find My iPhone tool, according to forum posts.

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Apple again denied permanent US sales ban against Samsung products

Apple failed to provide enough evidence to warrant an injunction, so a judge ruled that legal damages should be sufficient.

New Creative Commons license gives users more flexibility

Authors and artists seeking to release works under a Creative Commons license now have more flexibility and choice when they want to share their works, Creative Commons said Thursday.

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Google Hangouts infringes trademark, says US company Hanginout

Hanginout started the lawsuit while its trademark application is still pending.

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Motorola's push mail patent ruled partly invalid in Germany

The Motorola message synchronization patent had been forcing Apple to switch off iOS push email services in Germany for more than a year.

Apple's free OS is no threat to Linux at all, says its creator

Apple's move to offer its latest desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, for free isn't going to affect the Linux operating system at all, its creator Linus Torvalds said.

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